Monday, June 21, 2021

Dragon Band Members Qualify for Drum Corp International

The Carroll Dragon Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Ken Johnson with Mr. David Walker-Assistant Director, is pleased to announce this year’s Drum Corp International (DCI) participants. In the past, the Marching Band has been represented by 1 or 2 musicians.  This year they are represented by an unprecedented 8 musicians competing with various DCI marching bands across the country.  See the list of students below:

  • Cole Deters-Troopers (Baritone)
  • Will Dunn-Phantom Regiment (Mellophone)
  • Ryan Guess-Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps (Bass Drum)
  • Austin Florence-Genesis (Mellophone)
  • John Miller Jr-Genesis (Snare)
  • Kodi Myles-The Cadets (Front Ensemble-Marimba/Vibes)
  • Nathan Pollard-Troopers (Baritone)
  • Jacob Wilson-Santa Clara Vanguard (Bass Drum)

Each year, DCI showcases the best of the best.  More than 8,000 students audition for the fewer than 3,500 positions available in top-tier DCI member corps. To compete this summer will require that these students spend the summer touring with their corps. Many times they will be sleeping on gym floors or buses.

These Dragons have represented the Carroll Music program very well over the years.  Cole, Nathan and Jacob are members of the award winning Jazz program under the direction of Mr. David Lown. Austin was a State Soloist for the French Horn in 2015 and 2016, and 6 of the 8 are current members of the Indoor Percussion show FROM DUST which is under the direction of Mr. David Walker. John Miller, Jr was one of the first students to participate in Carroll Indoor Percussion. Additionally, most of these students have leadership positions within the Marching Band or Indoor Percussion.